While many viewers are still in shock over the Academy Awards’ Best Picture flub, former Oscar-winner Patricia Arquette is particularly upset over Sunday night’s In Memoriam tribute, which left out her sister, transgender actress and activist, Alexis Arquette.
Speaking with Vanity Fair, the 48-year-old actress revealed that while she was happy that “Moonlight” won, she was “really bummed” the ceremony omitted mention of her sister, who passed away last September following complications with HIV.
“Her career was cut short, not by her passing, but by her decision to live her truth and her life as a transgender woman,” Arquette said regarding her late sister, who starred in “Pulp Fiction”, “The Wedding Singer” and more. “Despite the fact that there are few parts for trans actors, she refused to play roles that were demeaning or stereotypical.”
Arquette went on, “We’re living in a time right now where trans kids can’t even go to the bathroom in school and they’re diminished in society. It’s really unfortunate that the Oscars decided they couldn’t show a trans person who was such an important person in the community. Because – trans kids – it could have meant a lot to them.”
While there was mention of Arquette in the Academy’s online tribute, there were quite a few other late stars who were similarly forgotten from the ceremony, including Florence Henderson, Garry Shandling, Doris Roberts, Robert Vaughn and Alan Thicke.
Jessica Chastain also tweeted her dismay at Dan Ireland being left out as well: “I’m very sad that
#DanIreland wasn’t included #InMemoriam. Huge heart. No one loved cinema more than him. @vincentdonofrio #ReneeZellweger”
The Academy also raised eyebrows when it used the wrong photo for Australian costume designer Janet Patterson in the tribute segment. They showed a photo of Patterson’s colleague, Australian film producer, Jan Chapman, who is alive and told Variety: “I was devastated by the use of my image in place of my great friend and long-time collaborator Janet Patterson.”
On Wednesday, the Academy apologized for the error via Instagram, writing, “We sincerely apologize to producer Jan Chapman, whose photo was mistakenly used in the Oscars “In Memoriam” tribute for her colleague and dear friend, the late Janet Patterson. Janet, an Academy member and four-time Oscar-nominated costume designer, was beloved in our community. We extend our deepest apologies and condolences to the Patterson family.”
We sincerely apologize to producer Jan Chapman, whose photo was mistakenly used in the Oscars "In Memoriam" tribute for her colleague and dear friend, the late Janet Patterson. Janet, an Academy member and four-time Oscar-nominated costume designer, was beloved in our community. We extend our deepest apologies and condolences to the Patterson family. Please see our updated "In Memoriam" video tribute (http://osca.rs/TributeVideo17) and online gallery (http://osca.rs/InMemoriam2017) on Oscar.com.